The names are familiar; Columbine, Jonesboro, Virginia Tech, Paducah, and now Newtown, CT. These far too tragic occurrences of armed intruders and active shooters in our schools have been going on for quite some time here in the United States. For a long time the solutions to these tragic events were seen as issues that law enforcement organizations were responsible to solve. Schools then started drafting lockdown policies and conducting intruder drills, however the two entities were many times not working together. Now law enforcement and schools have started to work together but we still see these incidents occurring so what is missing?
I totally dreaded going to Friday’s professional development for Sedalia #200 Public School. I was very nervous about how the topic would be presented and I did NOT want to participate in the simulated intruder scenarios. HOWEVER, today I am REALLY GLAD that I attended. I left feeling empowered and grateful about what I learned. It was one of the best professional development trainings that I have ever attended.
Great information!! Instructor did a great job of keeping it interesting. Loved the “hands on” part. I feel this should be required for all classroom teachers. February 25, 2012
Information was very well presented!! The role playing scenario brought home to me how long three minutes actually is when you are scared!!! So empowering to be able to protect your room more than by just turning off the lights and locking the door! Excellent!! January 2, 2013
The presentation and information are invaluable! The real world scenarios are educational and nerve wracking, which is exactly what we teachers and staff need to be exposed to and taught to handle!! Thank you for all you do to open eyes and minds to this very serious issue!!! August 6, 2012
Instructor did an excellent job with this inservice. This was by far the best inservice I have attended in over 14 years. Great Job!! I would recommend this to any school district. February 6, 2012
Excellent course! The presentation was informative, interesting and eye opening!! The afternoon session was so beneficial. Hands on practice made me feel more empowered and safe!! Instructor was very knowledgeable, prepared and entertaining! I am so glad I attended the course!! I highly recommend it! August 6, 2012
This day will forever change how I approach school and home safety. My students, I believe, are safer for me having attended this training!! The instructor was Amazing!! October 18, 2012
This was amazing! I think every teacher should take this class. It prepares you much better than any college class I ever took!
My background in teaching in a correctional facility and Division of Youth Services facility has not prepared me for an intruder in a public school setting. This course has done that. I now feel more confident in working with my colleagues in keeping my students safe and secure. February 2, 2013
I did not take this course seriously when I signed up for it. I had an eye opener after being involved. I had been so naïve, possibly at the expense of other’s lives. These men did an awesome job waking me up!
Strategos believes the solutions to preventing and effectively responding to these crisis events has to be a holistic, all inclusive approach from the community in which these schools are located. We all have a vested interest in making our community schools safer for our children. What has been missing is educating the parents and defining their role in addressing these very important issues. This 2 to 2 ½ hour seminar is intended to be presented in an assembly or community format and includes a time set aside for Q&A from parents, teachers, and community members. We most often present this seminar in the evening time allowing for parents that work to attend.
This course is designed to educate parents and the community about the following topics:
- Increase your level of awareness in your community
- Are schools safe?
- Threat of intruders in our schools
- Review the Secret Service Bystander Study and lessons learned
- How to help prevent incidents
- How to report any potential threats
- Bullying Prevention tips and what to do if your child is being bullied
- What your role should be if an incident occurs at your child’s school
- An overview of school safety and lockdown plans
Why is the community approach so important? When you really analyze these incidents you start to realize that it will be your community that is directly impacted by the incident, has to respond to the incident and has to recover from the incident. A large percentage of the time the suspect is a member of the community, the location that suffers from the attack will be a part of the community, the victims of the attack will be from your community, the police, fire and EMS will be from your community. The adverse effects of these events will have a long lasting impact on your community and will change the dynamics of a community forever.
We do not prepare for these incidents due to the FREQUENCY of these events but more importantly we prepare because of the IMPACT these types incidents would have on our community. While we cannot prevent all school attacks from happening we can increase the possibilities of finding out about these attacks before they occur and as a community we can much more effectively work together to make our community safer.
This course is usually most effectively delivered on the same evening that your school conducts “School Intruder Response” training.
If you would like more information about hosting this course in your community or at your school please contact us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling us at 888-569-5444.